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Thunder and Roses (Signet Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2002


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In the first novel in Penguin USA's new romance line, Putney ( Silk and Secrets ) offers fleshed-out characters but an overload of extraneous historical detail and a lame plot. Clare, a pious Methodist schoolteacher in a small Welsh village in 1814, agrees to live for three months with a wealthy man named Nicholas known as the "Demon Earl." Nicholas is the son of a nobleman and his gypsy wife who grew up spending some months of each year on the road with caravans and the rest of the year residing in his grandfather's sumptuous mansion. A part of the bargain is that he be allowed to kiss her once a day. Clare hopes that if she carries out her end of the deal Nicholas will see that the dangerous mine in town--in which several men have already lost their lives--is brought up to modern standards. There are also several subplots involving a friend of Nicholas's who has turned vengeful because of an imagined wrong done to him, and the rumor that Nicholas's grandfather died of a heart attack after barging in on his grandson in bed with the grandfather's second wife.
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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451205154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451205155
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on July 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't think Mary Jo Putney could top The Rake for a compelling, erotic, angsty and breathtaking story of betrayal, love and trust. But she's done it with this book.
So far, this is the fourth Putney book I've read and she's yet to get less than five stars. This one, however, would get ten if they were available. The book is full of tension, anguish, emotional moments to bring a lump to the reader's throat, moments when there is no option but to gasp in admiration at Putney's skill. I actually felt a sense of loss when I reached the final page: I wanted this book never to end. And I couldn't resist going back and re-reading some of my favourite passages there and then.
Nicholas is a deeply cynical, embittered man in his thirties, who has no intention of taking an interest in anything beyond casual affairs and other such pleasures. But Clare has other ideas for him: she demands that he do something to prevent the inhabitants of the local village from either starving or getting killed because of the appalling working conditions in the local coalmine. Nicholas just wants her to leave him alone, so he suggests a bargain he's sure she'll refuse: her reputation in return for his assistance. But she accepts him, along with his condition that he is allowed one kiss per day and that he will make every attempt to seduce her.
He keeps his word, in every respect, and soon Clare learns that while the Gypsy Earl takes his responsibilities very seriously, he also takes seduction extremely seriously. She's soon wondering just how long she can resist his advances and her own attraction to him....
In this book we also meet the other three Fallen Angels: Rafe (who has already appeared in the - chronologically - earlier The Bargain), Lucian and Michael.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bookjunkiereviews on August 20, 2001
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In my opinion, this is Mary Jo Putney's best book. I may be prejudiced, considering that this is one of her first books that I read. However, the story and its main characters stand up well to time, and I can recall nearly all of the plot - which means that this is a definite keeper for me. The book is marked by immaculate research, and an unusual setting - a Welsh estate dependent on mining - and an unusual heroine - a Methodist teacher of no particular family. [For another unusual heroine, I recommend the far darker FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale where the heroine is a Quaker and the daughter of a mathematician].
Nicholas and Clare are both unusual. He is the half-Gypsy earl who has had a bitter first marriage, and whose relationship with his late grandfather is complicated, to say the least. [Find out more as the book progresses]. Clare offers herself to him to save the valley and its inhabitants. The earl strikes an interesting bargain - he wants not her body (although he is interested in her) but her reputation. For a Methodist teacher, this is a hard blow indeed.
There are two major subplots. One involves the villainous manager of the mines run by Lord Michael Kenyon, an absentee owner who leased the land for the mining operations from his friend Nicholas. The other plot is about Lord Michael himself, but I would give away the whole story if I said much more. What Mary Jo Putney does is to bring together the romance, and these two major sub-plots seamlessly at the end. And the villain, if he be a villain, is not quite whom you suspect and for the reasons assumed.
What else did I like about this book? The penguins on the estate (did you know that Nicholas had penguins?!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "lovemush" on June 23, 2000
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I absolutely loved this book! I have read a few of Mary Jo Putney's books and have liked all that I have read, but this book especially stands out. It was wonderful! Clare and Nicholas make such an appealing couple. I loved that they were truly best friends throughout the whole book. What an entertaining story. It was humorous and very touching. The "kiss a day" idea was very erotic as was the gypsy wedding dance. It was clear that they understood true passion and love. I can't wait to read the next book in the Fallen Angel series--"Petals in the Storm." There are two more books in this series "Dancing on the Wind" and "Shattered Rainbows." Also look for related books--"Angel Rogue" and "One Perfect Rose." Thanks Ms. Putney for a great read. This is definitely a keeper!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MelanieL on February 20, 2012
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I'll start by saying I downloaded this book to my kindle based on a review from a regular Putney fan who did not enjoy the first book of the "Lost Lords" series, a more modern series by Mary Jo Putney. I really enjoyed Loving a Lost Lord, so when a fellow reviewer remarked that the Fallen Angels series demonstrated what Putney was truly capable of, I had to at least read the first book.

That being said, she was right! Thunder & Roses was one of the most enjoyable books I have read within the past few months, including novels outside of the romance genre. Despite the lurid cover art that makes one think harlequin romance, this novel has a well-developed and thought-provoking plot, and the characters, from H/H to the most minor secondary character are well-developed and meaningful additions to the overall story. Unlike her Lost Lords series, I never felt that the other 3 Fallen Angels - who we already know have their own books - were taking over the first book with their individual storyline development.

The H & H of Thunder and Roses were instantly two of my favorite characters. Nicolas, the Gyspy Earl, has a unique background, and the element of the Romany was a new touch that I have yet to see in other romance novels. However, his Gypsy upbringing is not his only unique quality - Nicolas has many facets, and it was nice to see a (somewhat) carefree and demonstrative male in lieu of the typical inscruitable English gentlmen that we normally see in a Regency romance.

Clare, the heroine, is a school teacher with Methodist upbringing - the very opposite of Nicolas - but is not so prim and proper that she can't enjoy living on the wilder side of life with Nicolas. She's also honest about her feelings for him.
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